Mummy and I headed over to the Arc de Triomphe this afternoon to watch some of the bikers as they made it to the end of their journey. Mummy doesn’t hide the fact that she is LESS THAN a sports fanatic, in fact, she doesn’t like them at all… but we are here in the interest of research. -sigh- Here are a few facts about the TOUR DE FRANCE (taken from Wikipedia)… in a nutshell:
1. It is an annual men’s event (hmmm…sexist event!!!) with 21 stages that are mostly held in France but pass every so often through nearby countries.
2. It lasts 3 weeks and is held in the month of July… when it is HOT AS HECK! ???
3. It started in 1903 and has been held every year, only stopping for the two WORLD WARS.
4. It used to be almost all French participants and gradually people from around the world began to enter until now it is a WORLDWIDE EVENT!
5. The route changes every year but they always pass through the mountain chains of the Pyrenees and the Alps, and they circle around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, to finish on the Champs-Élysées.
6. The race covers about 2,200 miles.
7. There are about 20-22 teams with 8 riders on each team to start… but of course they don’t all finish due to crashes, injuries and fatigue.
8. Each rider is timed during every stage of the race and the person with the lowest total time at the end is the winner… and he is awarded the coveted YELLOW JERSEY!
Geraint Thomas, the first Welshman ever, won this year’s Tour de France.